NRL: Blake Green, Solomone Kata in doubt for Warriors game against Cowboys

2019-04-16 06:35:17

Stephen Kearney wants to give Blake Green every chance possible of playing on Saturday against the Cowboys, but knows he's got to make an early call.

The influential Green was a late scratching from last weekend's game against the Rabbitohs, picking up a groin injury in the warm up.

Green was missing from the Warriors' training session on Tuesday, with Chanel Harris-Tavita and Peta Hiku running in the halves.

But Kearney says at this stage he hasn't ruled out Green for the weekend's game at Mt Smart Stadium and has named him in the No 7 jersey.

"We're giving him an opportunity this week, it'll just depend on how he pulls up over the next couple of days," Kearney said.

"He's moving around today better but if I'm honest, I couldn't give you a clear indication today.

"We'll see how he pulls up over the next day or so."

The Warriors will train again on Wednesday, then have Thursday off and the captain's run on Good Friday.

"I reckon we'll get a pretty clear view of it in the next 24 hours," Kearney said.

"The guy who comes in for Greeny needs to be given every opportunity to prepare as best he can this week."

That person will be Hiku and the final decision on Green will likely be made on Wednesday morning.

In the Warriors' squad announcement for Saturday Hiku is named at centre, but Gerard Beale will move into that position from the extended interchange bench if Green is out.

Centre Solomone Kata skipped regular training on Tuesday, because of a leg injury and did sprints up and down the sidelines instead.

He has kept his spot in the team, although Patrick Herbert, who trained at centre with the top team on Tuesday, has been included in the extended squad of 21.

Herbert joined the Warriors this season from St George Illawarra, where he captained the club's under-20s side.

He has yet to make his NRL debut but Kearney has been impressed by what he's seen from the 22-year-old.

"Patrick came here on a train and trial basis," Kearney said.

"He was going to do the pre-season and play a couple of trial games.

"I thought he did really well during the pre-season, he had a couple of really good trials. Consequently he got a contract with us.

"He's been going well in our reserve grade team.

"Last week he was close to being in the 21. Depending on what happens with Sol this week, he'll be close again.

"That's what it's about, guys putting pressure on guys that are in the top side.

"To do that, you've got to play well at NSW Cup level."

If it is Harris-Tavita and Hiku in the halves again, the focus will be on how Harris-Tavita handles the experience in what will be his third NRL game, but Kearney didn't feel it was a big issue last weekend.

"I didn't think it was as big a deal as what it could appear, in the sense that he's got some pretty handy guys around him," Kearney said.

"Tohu Harris helps him really well on the left hand side there.

"Issac (Luke) is a really experienced dummy half there, Roger (Tuivasa-Sheck) at the back. Adam Blair over on the right hand side.

"He's not out there trying to co-ordinate everyone by himself.

"Peta, even, has played a great deal of NRL football and test match football.

"I thought he did well under the circumstances. It was good lesson for his development."


Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, David Fusitu'a, Peta Hiku, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Blake Green, Agnatius Paasi, Issac Luke, Leeson Ah Mau, Adam Blair, Tohu Harris, Lachlan Burr. Interchange (from): Jazz Tevaga, Sam Lisone, Bunty Afoa, Isaiah Papali'i, Nathaniel Roache, Leivaha Pulu, Gerard Beale, Patrick Herbert.

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